I have always made it clear that corruption is always and everywhere the result of the expected frequency of opportunity. I believe that corruption happens because of persistent and entrenched uncertainty. Now, uncertainty can be personal or environmental. In personal uncertainty, I might fleece up some money or do something illegal and selfish because given that I was unqualified in the first place I don't believe I might get this opportunity ever again. In the environmental consideration, the socio-political situation is foreboding and even with the best qualification or suitability, the environment is so unpredictable that I m almost sure this is probably my one and only opportunity. Clearly, not every one is driven by these factors, that's why there are exceptions. However, most people are influenced by them and fall to corruption. It therefore means that we must strive to reduce uncertainty by installing efficiency measures in everything we do. A good policy on efficiency will ensure that we go for only the best and optimal solutions in all that we do. This is a crucial step for ending corruption, and information on it must be shared throughout society. Quite often people find it difficult to give a precise definition to what corruption is. Is it bribery? If so why do people speak of bribery and corruption? Is it theft of funds? Then why do people talk of all this corruption and robbery? I define corruption as a dishonest or illegal action by people, often powerful people such as government officials or police officers for the sake of causing a selfish and therefore socially inefficient outcome. In a recent IMF research paper it was agreed that while the direct economic costs of corruption are well known, the indirect costs may be even more substantial and debilitating, leading to low growth and greater income inequality. To support the paper the argument that corruption also has a broader corrosive impact on society the IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde concluded that corruption undermines trust in government and erodes the ethical standards of private citizens. To be sure it is bad to be locally or internationally known as corrupt. There is no redeeming feature to this notoriety. Corruption must be stopped through good education and the rule of law based on equitable access to political and economic resources. I am Magnus Kpakol, and thatâ€™s my view.
Posted: May 17th, 2016 @ 03:03:09 AM